Grey squirrel terrorises north Wales community, attacking and injuring 18 people

Some residents even reported being chased down the street

Grace Almond
Wednesday 29 December 2021 19:43
<p>The squirrel’s reign of terror finally came to an end when he was caught in a humane trap</p>

The squirrel’s reign of terror finally came to an end when he was caught in a humane trap

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A grey squirrel went on a 48-hour rampage, attacking and injuring residents of a small town community in north Wales.

The squirrel, nicknamed “Stripe” by residents after the villain in the comedy horror film Gremlins, began indiscriminately attacking residents in Buckley, Flintshire, last week.

At least 18 people have now been left with cuts to their hands and heads after being viciously bitten by the squirrel. Many required tetanus jabs following the incident.

According to residents, the squirrel began attacking them in their gardens with “frightening speed”, leaving some too afraid to leave their homes.

Some residents even reported being chased down the street.

The squirrel’s reign of terror finally came to an end when he was caught on Monday (27 December) in a humane trap by Corrine Reynolds.

Ms Reynolds had been feeding the animal since the summer, and it has made regular trips to her garden in search for food and shelter since then.

She was also bitten on the hand, despite befriending the animal.

“He’s not a friendly natured squirrel I am afraid, he is a rogue one and I am starting to wonder if he has got something going on inside his head like a tumour,” said Ms Reynolds, SWNS reports.

Another resident, Sheree Robinson, said: “This squirrel is not very nice at all, it’s a nutty squirrel. He’s a bit of a psycho, he’s had five or six of my neighbours.

“He had me when collecting my recycling bags. He jumped out from behind my green bin, so whether he was trying to get food and thought I was going to take it away.

“Let’s just say it had me good and proper.”

The RSPCA has confirmed that it had to reluctantly put down Stripe. The charity told The Independent: “We were incredibly sad to have to put this squirrel to sleep but were left with no choice due to changes in legislation in 2019 making it illegal to release grey squirrels back into the wild. We do not agree with this law and opposed it, but legally we have to comply.

“There are numerous ways to humanely deter grey squirrels and we would urge people not to trap them as it is now illegal to release them into the wild and the only option is to put them to sleep.”

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